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they captured a u.s. drone and issues a warning "we shall trample on the united states." >>> drunk and partying the night before he shocked the nfl and fans. >>> director kathryn bigelow talks about the controversy over her bin laden death movie. >> i think it's nice because now the film can speak for itself and i certainly have a feeling that a lot of those debates will transition to something slightly less controversial. >> the full interview straight ahead. >>> so you don't read runway ? >> no. >> before today you never heard of me. >> no. >> you have no style or sense of fashion. >> i think that depends on what your -- >> no, no, that wasn't a question. >> the devil's diplomacy. vogue editor anna wintour, u.s. ambassador? maybe. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. this morning iran is bragging. it claims it capture d an american drone. the u.s. is denying it. iran has made that drone a star on state tv. according to iran's state-run news agency, the drone was captured immediately after entering iranian air space. the drone, now being sh
for a command from president assad to use it. this week u.s. intelligence detected that flurry of activity at chemical weapon sites. >> our concerns are an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would are held to account. >> this morning in dublin a sign that the diplomacy is intensifying secretary clinton met with her counterpart, russian minister lab rov and a u.n. special envoy on the side of an international security conference she is taking part in. russia is one of syria's main allies but have opposed and opposed any u.n. measures against him up until this point. if clinton can submit russian support the u.n. security council might be able to pass a sanctions resolution against the syrian government particularly because of the chemical weapons issue. on wednesday in brussels clinton also renewed support for the syrian opposition. is there an exit strategy for assad? though t
for calling. a live picture of the u.s. capitol. 7:23 in washington. some heavy rain and perhaps some snow. a. when terry mix are expecting in town. we mention that because the president is heading back into town. the senate and white house -- the senate and house are due back tomorrow. this is an politico. there is another piece of this morning that says the house member elect is also interested in the peak in the seat -- adapter the seat. springfield, va., lewis, an independent. caller: good morning. you could consider me a little bit pessimistic. i am actually looking at it as realistically as possible. i have a degree in macroeconomics. i believe that they all should be -- we should institute term limits on all of them. maybe a six-year term limit. they're all thinking of reelection. host: both sides? caller: yes. they are thinking about re- election with the country is almost $70 trillion in debt. -- $17 trillion. people and businesses are giving out payouts because taxes are going up on everyone. it does not matter -- there are too many taxes going up. payroll taxes going up. we do not
. there is about 6% of u.s. adolescents that are clinically depressed. that's not just sad. it's in a deep state that need help of one type or another. whether it's counseling or drugs or whatever. they need some help. they're relatively easy to identify. and you can do it in a simple screening process. for very little money. we could have every kid when you get your high school physical, you also have to get checked out, or periodically before graduation. >>> msnbc's coverage of the newtown shooting will continue. there is much more ahead. please stay with us. >>> we'll have the very latest on the newtown shooting in just a moment as msnbc's coverage continues. please stay with us. >>> we are back with continuing coverage of this morning's massacre at a connecticut elementary school. newtown, connecticut, is about 60 miles northeast of new york city. it's near danbury, connecticut. the young man who police say was the shooter reportedly walked into two different classrooms at sandy hook elementary. he fired dozens of rounds. he killed 26 people. 18 children pronounced dead at the scene. six adu
it came time to elect members of the u.s. congress from michigan. more voters in michigan cast a ballot for a democratic member of congress than cast a ballot for a republican member of congress. and it was by quite a lot, by a couple 100,000 votes. overall, more michigan voters wanted to send a democrat to congress to represent them than wanted to send a republican to represent them. guess who is actually going to congress to represent them? ah, yes, republicans. michigan's congressional delegation will include almost twice as many republicans as democrats, even though more people in michigan picked a democrat when they voted for congress. republicans got nine seat and the democrats got five. what has happened in michigan is not some sort of miscounting of the votes. it is not a mistake. it is weird quite deliberately, and weird by design. elected officials draw up new districts for electing members of congress in state legislatures every ten years after the new census. well, republicans were in charge this time around in michigan, so it was the republicans who drew up the maps. and so
it is embarrassing to compared government funding for amtrak with u.s. government funding for domestic aviation and highway speed passenger >> to build and maintain one of the best highways systems in the world, we've spent $114 billion and built it over 45 years and today it would be $126 billion. con jex on our roads are at historic levels and by 2020 urban interstates will be at or over capacity. and anyone who has had the pleasure of flying recently they know the problems that plag our nation's airport ch airports, in fact, in spite of all this amtrak carries more riders from new york to boston than all other airlines put together. 50% of people that travel this distance. and between washington d.c. and new york city, amtrak carries twice as many passengers as all airlines come bind. today it carries 75% of inner city travel letters between new york and washington. amtrak has done all this with the threat of funding cuts and privatization especially of the profitable northeast corridor hanging over its head. we know that in other parts of the world privatization of hig
, it expired in 2004, the law in effect banned 20 different assault weapons manufactured in the u.s. also banned the manufacture of high-capacity magazines, the ones that hold more than ten bullets. there were plenty of loopholes, though, gun manufacturers could make minor modifications and then rename them, in a sense making them legal. also, there was no ban on the import of assault weapons from overseas. you see, the ban was only for american-made guns. any guns or high-capacity magazines manufactured before the ban could still be owned and used legally. when it comes to gun bans, the states have taken the lead. california went full speed ahead after a shooting in elementary school in stockton in 1989. they banned the manufacturer, transport, import, or sale of assault weapons, also now bans sales to felons and drug addicts and requires safety training, a ten-day waiting period and outlaws those high-capacity magazines that hold more than ten bullets. other states also limit who can own guns and guns that can be carried with or without a permit. how prevalent are they really? well, the
. they keep coming to the same conclusion. there is about 6% of u.s. adolescents that are clinically depressed. that's not just sad. it's in a deep state that need help of one type or another. whether it's counseling or drugs or whatever. they need some help. they're relatively easy to identify. and you can do it in a simple screening process. for very little money. we could have every kid when you get your high school physical, you also have to get checked out, or periodically before graduation. because the thing is, most depressives, kids want to -- they want help. and they will tell adults. usually the two adults they will not tell are their mom and their dad. and that's actually part of the screening protocol is that parents can't be in the room, because they will usually tell a teacher or a counselor or a family doctor. they will tell an adult, but they hide it from their parents because they're embarrassed, ashamed, all sorts of different reasons. so the parents are often blind to it because the child is sort of blocking their view. so parents have difficulty. but yeah, we can do so much
to live a quiet retired life in tampa and kept pretty quiet on the u.s.'s decision to go to war with iraq again. >>> also this morning, former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a texas hospital this morning. his chief of staff says his family is confident the 41st president will leave the hospital but expects to be there for a while. he is battling bronchitis, a lingering fever among other complications. the 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital last month but has only been in the icu since sunday. >>> coming up next, a look at the morning's other top stories. police are investigating an accident on one of our area's busiest stretches of road that left three people dead. >> and a murder ore christmas eve as a family gets ready to bury a loved one. d.c. police step up their search for a suspect in a crime that seems to have very few clues. ó >>> virginia state police continue to investigate a deadly accident at the springfield interchange. it happened around 7:00 last night when a tractor-trailer stopped in traffic was rear ended by a pickup truck. three people
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of strong missile defense, and more than any other senator he helped ensure that the u.s. had a working nuclear arsenal after the cold war had ended, because in his view, a strong america that can deter a threat is always the best avenue to peace. over the past decade jon has applied that same standard to the war on terror, and no one -- no one has worked harder to explain the threat of islamic terrorism or help equip our nation with the tools we need to confront and defend it than jon kyl. not enough thought has been given to the role of nuclear weapons in american foreign policy and how strategy will evolve as our conventional military is drawn down due to a diminishing investment and how nuclear weapons will be employed to support the articulated strategic pivot to the asian pacific theater. the senate and the country will be well served by jon's thoughts on these challenges over the coming years. fortunately, he's thought ahead by encouraging others to step into the void after he leaves. throughout his time in washington jon has been guided, as he explained in eloquent detail yester
. >> this isn't even the first time that a u.s. president has asked for gun laws on assault rifles and those gun clips. what is different this first time around? and will that make a difference? >> i think the difference here is that children were involved. i don't care where you live, who you are, whether you're a gun enthusiast or not. you look at this and say we've got to find a way to prevent this from happening. you know, the nra is saying you need trained security people to protect these schools. other people are saying, no, we need no more guns. is it realistic to think we can eliminate all guns? probably not. you know something? i think we're at a tipping point now where people are saying we need new laws. we need something. something to prevent this. and my feeling is, in the end, they're going to go after these assault weapons and high-capacity clips so that somebody can't go in with a gun that can fire large amounts of ammunition. i think probably that's an area that everybody -- most people will agree with now and then we can move on to the harder questions later. >> sounds like a pl
again at those five most important words from my perspective in the middle of the preamble of the u.s. constitution, providing for the common defense, that we are doing that and exactly that with this measure. so i encourage my colleagues to support this conference -- the rule and the conference report that we will have and i believe it will be of great benefit to our men and women in uniform and to the future security of the united states of america and our allies and i thank my friend for yielding me the 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. altmire. mr. altmire: mr. speaker, as we begin debate on this act, it's critical we understand just how important it is to our troops and to our country that we pass this legislation with a bipartisan vote. it's easy to get bogged down in partisanship on most issues, but this cannot be one of them. this legislation provides the men and women of our armed forces the necessary equipment and financial support to ef
a sweeping conclusion. by the time his second midterm rolled around, truman was four months in to u.s. intervention in korea. an effort that republicans used against his party. eisenhower was saddled with a postwar economy. by the midterms in 1958, u.s. unemployment spiked to nearly 7%, double when he was first elected six years earlier. in the 2006, the u.s. was in to the iraq war and facing heavy rye lens and combination for president bush and his party. what about more president obama and the democrats? should they worry? i say maybe not so much. in 2010, the party lost 63 seats in the house, 6 seats in the senate. president obama famously called it an shallacking and it was. the likely scenario, limits the losses like reagan did or add seats like clinton. president obama almost guaranteed to do better in the house. hard to do worse than he did in the first midterm and then democrats have this helpful anecdote. if they hold on to the control of the senate, the president can declare partial victory for that. that was the importance of adding seats. republicans have to win six senate
at a mexican prison, a former u.s. marine reunites with his family. john hammer on his way to i asurfing vacation in costa rica. he was arrested by mexican authorities on a questionable gun charge. u.s. lawmakers stepped in on hammer's behalf helping secure his release. >>> in money news, got milk? it may cost a lot more to say yes if the new agriculture bill passed by dairy farmers is not passed by congress, they would be forced to buy milk at twice today's price. that could push the price of milk up to more than $7 a gallon. could you imagine paying more than $7 a gallon for milk? >>> visible from the space station? maybe. it's really bright and attracts visitors from far and wide. it's the home of jan stewart. for the second straight year, she's covered the house with more than 65,000 christmas lights. she says she does it in memory of her late husband. some of her neighbors say it's -- well, it's more appropriate for the vegas strip. >>> you helped us pick the most intriguing people of 2012. the results are now in. they include headliners from politics, sports, business, and entertai
a cautionary tale. >> alisyn: and what's happening at this hour, overnight u.s. special forces operations, killing seven taliban insurgents during the rescue a kidnapped american, near the afghanistan-pakistan border, the doctor a freeman after being captured by the taliban at a medical clinic. the top commander in afghanistan, john allen, praised the forces who successfully carried out this operation. one week after the jovan belcher tragedy, an another player is dead and blame his friend. they say he was driving drunk and allegedly speeding, car hit the curb and flipped, skidded. and linebacker jerry brown was taken to a hospital and he was pronounced dead. who says no such thing as a free lunch? is the federal government giving new york schools to 30 million dollars to help school lunches and it's supposed to help hurricane sandy and it's spent on kids. the program leaves out long island and new jersey children. clayton? >> let's talk football. >> alisyn: let's do it. >> clayton: i am. it was billed as america's game yesterday. the army-navy showdown a classic. vice-president biden get
used to stimulate the brain is offering good hope to the first few surgeries in the u.s. >> we are extremely excited about the surgery, what we hope is we can improve the patient's function for an extended period of time much longer than otherwise they would have. >> reporter: experimental medications have failed to significantly slowed the debilitating disease which affects 5.4 million americans and expected to jump to 16 million by 2050. but dr. anderson says the surgery has been extremely effective in canada where it has been performed six times on patients such as this man with early alzheimers. >> if i can't remember something, if i just pause for one, two, three, seconds. it pops in. >> reporter: here is how it works, the pacemaker surgically implanted in the chest, wires are run under the skin to the skull, then deep into the brain, to deliver an electrical a rat electrical impulses a second. >> what's exciting is our understanding of how memory works fits well with how the surgery may work. >> reporter: the device is used to fight parkinson's disease. >> although the l
do. >> depositions rising in syria as the u.s. confirms its stance on political transition there. >> the united states stands with the syrian people in insirsing that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria in which all citizens are represented. sunni any allawi, christians, kurds, druce, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future and a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> is just who is president bashar assad and how big of a threat is he to the world? here to weigh in senior fellow defense studdies lt. colonel tony shaffer. set up for the audience who is bashar assad? >> bashar assad is the former president of the syria took over in 1971. and ruled frank whether i an iron fist assad took over in. there was hope that there would be reforms and much like other dictators who come in. it's double down and continue the same policies and trends as his former -- the person he replaced. we saw this in north korea and we are seeing it again. >> talk about the latest news. there are reports that assad has weapons
learning his life was in imminent danger. now, u.s. official tells abc news that it appears that the militants were preparing to take joseph to neighboring pakistan. that's why general john allen, the top commander in afghanistan ordered the raid himself saying quote, today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the taliban. dan, we didn't hear about this kidnapping when it happened on wednesday, because coalition officials were so worried about his safety that we were working to keep all of this under wraps. when you talk about the military in afghanistan, we sometimes forget that there are thousands of civilians in afghanistan, working as trainers, instructors, or in this case, as a doctor, this doctor was working in a remote base, trying to set up remote medical facilities. because he was doing training there. because he wasn't part of the military, oftentimes the civilians go there and they really put their lives literally on the front line because they just don't have the support and the firepower that the american military does. >> it is extraordi
, it pays $285, a u.s. just put $200 ridicule in your truck. he spent $36 one-way on a bridge, $18 through the tunnel, next year it goes up to $48 for the bridge. $24 for the fort mchenry tunnel. i mean, nothing leaves nothing. it's getting out of hand. it used to be a pretty good deal to be a truck driver. now i am not so sure anymore. i just don't know what the next step is. . -- 2013 tax deal is scary me a little. host: -- that is just a portion of what is in the new york times this morning. next is mary in sun city, california. go ahead. we are listening. caller: i am in the rental business in california. i hear california is very big on welfare and section 8. i see there are so many programs where somebody gets to stay home and the government will pay a three-bedroom rent and they only pay $14 a month. they stay home for 10 years, 15 years, or whatever simply because they have children. being in the military, a lot of my friends, the parents work. but these people are not in the military and they get medical, they get food stamps, they get wic. there's never a change in the programs t
of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and later, we'll look back at how we covered the biggest stories from 2012, from golden moments at the olympics to the hard-fought race for the white house and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the severe weather with the last round, but you can see en
arrived in the united states representing approximately 90% of the immigration to the u.s. in that period. the majority of whom hailed from ireland and germany. almost half were from ireland alone. in 1855, more than 50% of the population of new york, the first port of call for the majority of immigrants, was foreign-born. but attitudes were changing. toward the end of the 19th sentry, just 1.6% of immigrants were asian. but apparently that was enough to push congress to pass the chinese exclusion act in 1882 restricting immigration from china for ten years. as public opinion turned against certain kinds of immigrants in the early 20th century, more legislative restrictions began to take hold. in 1924, the johnson-reid immigration act created a quota system. it puts caps on the number of immigrants that could come to the u.s. from a particular country. the act also included a provision that made certain immigrants ineligible for citizenship based on race or nationality. by the middle of the 20th septemberry, the face of immigration to the united states had begun to change. by the end of t
bills. many economists worry the financial troubles would plunge the u.s. back into recession. just one possible effect of the fiscal cliff milk prices goodbye to about $2 or $3 a gallon because farm programs will expire at the end of the year. >> tributes are pouring in for the general who led the international coalition that drove sadaam hussein's forces out of kuwait in 1991. norman schwarzkopf died yesterday in tampa, from complications from pneumonia. he was 78. he had an extensive and celebrated military career. he kept a low profile during his retirement, supporting charities and resisting offer to run for public office. former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a hospital in houston. his spokeswoman says he's getting excellent medical treatment. she says he would advise people to "with the harps back in the closet." he was admitted to the hospital november 23 and has been in intensive care since sunday, battling a terrible case of bronchitis and a series of complications. secretary of state clinton is expected to return to work next week after recovering f
of pennsylvania. his research includes the u.s. economy, tax policy, and the stock market. he is previously a senior economist at the board of governors at the federal reserve system. he went to that graduate school of business at columbia university. he has worked for both the george w. bush and clinton administrations. both of you went to the same university. i'm sure you can agree on everything today. dr. zandi first. >> thank you for the opportunity. it is an honor to be here with kevin, a good friend of mine. let me say that these are my own personal views. lawmakers have to resolve three issues -- first, the fiscal cliff. second, raising the treasury debt ceiling, which as you know is becoming an issue rarely soon. third, achieving long-term fiscal sustainability. that is deficit reduction and tax increases and spending cuts that allow the gdp ratio to stabilize by the end of the decade. these three things need to be done now. in terms of the fiscal cliff, if policy is unchanged and we go over the cliff and there is still no change after that, the gdp in 2013 will 3.5 percentage point
of the washington post, amid this turmoil, aid for egypt is on its way. the u.s. and a coalition of international lenders are pushing ahead with billions of dollars of loans and other help for egypt and neighboring states. so, money going to the country despite the violence there. and on the domestic front, the richmond times dispatch, courtesy of the newseum, health care law includes from a surprising $60 coverage free. bob in rapid city, south dakota, republican caller. caller: whee are a right-to- work state. in the past week we had an article in the newspaper that we are 16th in the nation in income. we averaged 44,000. where is the nation averages 41,000. so it's just not true that a right-to-work state means lower income. our unemployment rate is around 5% or 5.2. host: 4.5%, according to this washington times piece this morning. caller: our union membership in the state is 5.6%. so it is not very high. we have three of the poorest counties in the country, and south dakota, also. those are primarily indian reservations. without those numbers pulling the numbers down, we would be even higher
. the 18 year old is a registered sex offender. he is from peru and in the u.s. on an expired visa. the intern clearly tried to deceive the santor. >> brian: this next story is crazy. >> steve: justin beiber the target of a murder plot. ♪ >> steve: a convicted killer serving time in a practicon in new mexico accused of hatching a plan. martin was angry because of all of his fan mail to beiber went unworried . he recruited two hit men to strangle beiber and his bodyguard in a recent concert in new york city. it is it a terrible story it didn't happen. >> brian: this is not a joke, this is it a scoreboard from a girl's high school basketball game. final score 107-2. his players were not trying to run up. it would be more embarrassing for his players to stop shooting . the losing team's coach was disappointed >> gretchen: victoria secret model may be well rounded but not the singing skills e. ♪ deck the halls of boughs with -- my god. no, is it falalala. >> we sing . ♪ santa baby. okay, let's get back to work. >> brian: is that work. >> gretchen: a spokesperson for victoria secr
questions from the audience. hosted by the u.s. chamber of commerce this is just under an hour. >> thank you very much. thank you, everyone, for being here this morning. especially those who traveled to be with us. it's nice to close the doors from the rest of washington and the fiscal cliff debate for a little while and talk about fiscal challenges elsewhere. whether it's a good news or bad news, at least it gives us an opportunity to talk about something a little bit different than the news of the day in this final two weeks, i think, before hopefully congress finds an opportunity to either avoid or move or solve some of the fiscal cliff issues and fiscal challenges that we face. and thank you for dick gravich and the work of the panel and the commission he co--led. there are copies of that report that were available when you came in. it's an excellent document that i really encourage everyone to take a close read. it's filled with good analytics in terms of what's going on on the state level. to help us understand. and i fully agree, dick, with your comments earlier about the disconnect.
serving senator in u.s. history, democrat senator inouye died from respiratory complications. president obama praised him calling inoue a true american hero. his staff says his final word was aloha. he was 88 years old. a great, as the president said, great american hero. the charleston post, south carolina governor, nikki haley, selects republican tim scott to replace out-going jim demint. the tea party will be switching and will become the first african-american senator ever from south carolina. >> "boston globe," taking new steps to speed up your check-in this holiday season. the elderly members of the military and other travelers deemed low risk will now be able to keep their shoes, jackets and belts on. the tsa has also expanded its pre-check trusted traveler program to 35 airports. >> those trusted travelers, t.j. >> and a look with "politico" playbook, jim vandyheim. >> there was some movement on the fiscal cliff talks. >> yes. i would say substantial movement where you can see the contours of a deal that can get done potentially pretty quick where the president is willing to say
. >>> congress is considering whether to provide more aid to the victims of hurricane sandy. a u.s. senate passed a $60 billion relief package yesterday. however, republicans argued the bill included too much money for unrelated aid projects. sandy struck the caribbean and the u.s. eastern seaboard back in late october. the storm killed more than 250 people in seven different counties. the relief bill now goes to the house. it is unclear if the gop in the house will vote on the measure or push for an alternative with less funding. >>> 2012 has been a busy year for the red cross. the agency says it has responded to 113 large scale disasters in the united states. volunteers opened 900 shelters and helped more than 100,000 people who had been forced out of their homes. the agency says superstorm sandy was the most challenging. the aftermath of that storm prompted the biggest response from the red cross in five years. >>> you've heard of the so-called fiscal cliff, but how about the dairy cliff? milk prices could double next year because a national farm bill expires on january 1st. if lawmakers do no
. what qualifies her to be a u.s. ambassador. >> if you look at any of these choices? let's be honest. the choice for ambassador for britain for the last 15 years has been, whether it's republican or democrats has been one of the biggest donors. it's not a hugely diplomatic post. it's payback. >> of all the things that president obama's up to that rick was just talking about, this really doesn't stick in my craw. it does illustrate what we've talked about many times, greta, which is the medaling of celebrity and politics in the united states and whether it's stephen spiel burg who is ambassador to switzerland, samuel l. jackson, bill maher. go down the list. kobe bryant, what is he going to be? they've all done a lo a lot for obama. they should all get something. >> can i tell you the worst part? these celebrities get sent off, these big donors get sent off to a couple of these celebrity posts to be ambassador. >> then they're miserable. >> then we have to call them ambassador and your honor for the rest of their live. >> they bow down at ab i anna wintour. they bow down in the hallwa
in asia, people are questioning the u.s. staying power. they are looking at this political prowess and saying can we count on the u.s., so it's very important we get our economic house in order, we get a deal to move forward. >> how important is it for the president to move quickly on his new international security team? >> i think that's important too, and i understand lots of good work is going into that and you'll have an impressive team rolled out hopefully soon. >> michelle, thank you very much. >>> coming up next, the sheriff's office in clackamas county, oregon, has just released the latest details on that fatal shooting rampage that killed two people, leaving one teenaged girl in serious condition. according to the sheriff's briefing, the 22-year-old suspect has been identified as jacob tyler roberts. he used a stolen semi-automatic rifle during the shooting. the sheriff noted the law enforcement received hundreds of calls from panicked shoppers in the mall. the first unit that arrived on the scene, just one minute later, no motive has been established. no apparent relation
u.s. senate. >> that's right. going into the senate elections there is far more democratic up for re-election in 2014 than republicans. they look nervous about what the senate outcome is going to be. obviously, they have a majority, next month we'll see 55 senates be added. it will be 55 for the democratic caucus. they don't want to loss that majority. i think we'll see a lot of money go there. obviously, democrats would like to gain the house joirt. it looks like it will be a climb but i think we'll see a lot of money go towards the races. >> there is not a lot of competition for the money because they are not bound by the same campaign rules. they can take corporate cash, they can take six figure checks. there is a little bit oaf easing of pressure on the governors. i think you're going to see some of these super pacs that played in the previous races and now in the federal races turn their attention to the key states. >> this is where the democrats have their opportunities in 2014. >> what did you learn today? >> i learned that jerry brown is going to run for re-election. h
margin that george bush and he's leaving the u.s. senate. >> well, there are winner and losers in the u.s. senate. he was willing to back some of the most extreme and unelectable republicans in primaries and thereafter and many more establishment republicans feel like he may have cost them the majority. so he still wants to be committed to this 100% commitment of ideology of getting thing done because we really need the senate to get things done. we need more problem solvers that are willing to come together like the deficit and job crisis that we continue to want to tackle. so i think you do see him saying, hey, i have this idea. we're going to take it by the storm. it didn't work. the president is still standing and moving forward. and i think there's some in his party who are eager to try to get a balanced approach and prevent us from going off this cliff which would be a very serious thing and we're right up against it. >> don't they have, joe, a real civil war going on in the republican party when you have on one hand sarah palin open fending the tea party's role saying on facebook,
with this kind of obstructionism is the u.s. senate? >> well, it's a challenge. and i think that, you know, one of the things that my uncle ted kennedy was so great at is bringing people together. and trying to create personal relationships, which made people want to compromise and want to come to some sort of understanding with one another. i think that we need more of that, in general u with the tea party. i think it just can't be done. those are people who came to washington saying we want to destroy it. and that's what they're there for. so it's very, very hard to get any kind of movement. >> is there a way to move this harry in a way back toward trying to put the people and human rights of people back as a priority rather than see the oba obstructionists just block everything? >> i think we're on that path and we should not be deterred or distracted by what the right wing does. but i just have to also make an observation that the work that the r.f.k. center does, in its work for instance in uganda, which is going to be pa rt of african policy right now in uganda, we're helping to support b
problems in the u.s.? not exactly. in at least seven u.s. states constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and arkansas has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial. of course, those laws are unconstitutional, and the supreme court ruled back on it on 1961, but those states don't give a damn. they're not interested. in kentucky the department of homeland security said that you must acknowledge that god protects us. if you don't then you got trouble. god help us all. ironic. kentucky would approve. when we come back, homeland--speaking of homeland security. is it realistic? we've got a c.i.a. agent to talk about it. >> are you presently in alabama? >> no, do you intend to answer truthfully here today? do you intend to answer truthfully here today? >> yes. >> all right, here is our former c.i.a. agent. she'll tell us what is realistic and what is not and especially the polygraph test. i'm interested in that when we come back. (vo) now, it's your turn. (vo) connect with the young turks with cenk uygur. >> it's go time. >> cenk: w
midterm rolled around, harry truman was four months into u.s. intervention in korea. an effort that republicans used against his party. eisenhower was struggling with the economy. during the 2006 midterms, the u.s. was three years into the iraq war and facing heavy sectarian violence which hurt president bush and his party what are the lessons for president obama and the democrats? i say maybe not so much. here's why. in 2010 the party lost 63 seats in the house, 6 seats in the senate. president obama called it a shellacking. there is reason to think he will do better this time around. president obama is almost guaranteed to do better in the house. hard to do worse than what he did in his first midterm. democrats have this helpful antidote, if they hold on to control of the senate, the president can declare partial victory for that. that was the importance of democrats add two senate seats, sitting at 55. republicans have to win big, winning six senate seats is big. that's what they would have to do to get control in 2014. the gaggle will be back right after the break. the good
through a glass ceiling in the u.s. navy. that story is coming up. >> plus, it's not a diamond but the world's largest aquamarine gem will be unveiled today at the smithsonian's museum of natural history. it's the new home of the pedro gem. it comes from brazil and named after the country's first two emperors. the 14-inch tall gem weighs 10,363 carats and a white of five pounds. >>> 5:40. outside on the weather terrace this morning in my heavy coat and gloves, i kind of do wish i had the ear must haves on. it's -- ear muffs on. it's brisk. passing clouds this afternoon. a lot colder than it has been. by 11:00 41. we'll top out about 46. for the drive home clear on partly cloudy and 43. right now monika has timesaver traffic. >>> the long-standing story this morning is the outer loop of the beltway at i-270. an overturned truck carrying pineapple is being offloaded right now. in the meantime 270 southbound itself is not affected except for the heavy traffic coming down from route 109. i'll be back with more details coming up at 5:49. jess? >>> i've been combing through the day's
and that assad will be held accountable. u.s. officials are reporting that syria has ordered military chemical corps to be prepared. now syrian state television claims the country has no plans of using chemical weapons, no matter the circumstances. but the u.s. is worried that syrians are getting ready to put together a nerve gas mixture and that that could be used in artillery shells. the state department called any use of chemical weapons a hard red line and said they are continuing to monitor the situation. meanwhile, iran is claiming it's captured a u.s. drone flying over the persian gulf today. according to internationally-recognized limits, those drones must stay at least 12 nautical miles off the coast. but a u.s. defense official is telling cnn that the u.s. navy has fully accounted for all of its vehicles in the middle east. whatever iranians are claiming to have, it is not an actively operating drone. >> think progress is reporting that police can record video inside your home without a warrant. that ruling ca
and the accountability review board. the u.s. house of representatives committee on foreign affairs will hold a hearing on thursday, december 20 on the benghazi attacke. secretary clinton will be testifying. c-span will cover this on thursday at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. c-span cameras will be there. front page of the national journal this morning -- on tuesday he delivered the gop talking points about the need for more spending cuts as part of any deal, while downplaying the role of raising income-tax rates on wealthier earners, which the white house trumpets often. boosting rates on the rich, he said, would provide enough money to run the government for eight days. that has nothing to do with spending, getting spending in line. other than performing requisite task, mitch mcconnell has not emerged as a huge presence in the ongoing fiscal cliff narrative. that is a change from past budget and tax deals where his finger prints were evident, a fact that could affect the final outcome or subtlety of the deal. that the national journal reporting. paul is an independent in enterprise, alabama. go ahead. calle
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. this morning, the senate foreign relations committee will be holding a hearing with several stateauthorities from the department. those to debut hearings, both live. the one at 8:00 a.m. this morning will be live on c-span 2, and the hearing at 1:00 p.m. today at 1:00 p.m. on c-span3. from "politico" this morning -- that is from "politico." this is an ad this morning and "the washington post." -- in "the washington post." it is sponsored by -- the senator was on the appropriations committee for quite a while. the senator will lie in state today and the capitol rotunda. he will arrive at 9:50 this morning and then a service will be held in the rotunda at 10:00 a.m. with remarks proceeding the laying of wreaths. he will lay in state from noon until tonight. this the wind is open to members of the public. -- this vieweing is open to members of the public. here is a map from "the wall street journal" showing where the strictest gun laws are. gun-control figures. the more restrictive figures are the darkest blue states. those that are least restrictive are
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